Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Gabe Dixon Band creates a combustible sound that combines pure Pop elements with the energy of Rock and the sex of soul. Dixon's past music has been highlighted in both major network TV shows and feature films, including One Tree Hill, What About Brian, and Charlotte's Web. 'Gabe Dixon is a Classic Pop songwriter who deserves to join the ranks of Jackson Browne and early Elton John in the pop pantheon.'-Nashville Tennessean.
Paste (magazine) (p.59) - "[The album] lays on keys and liberal daubs of gospel organ that add drama to these songs, which are driven by the creatively tight rhythm section of Winston Harrison and Jano Rix."
Personnel: Gabe Dixon (vocals, accordion, piano, prepared piano, harmonium, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, background vocals); Mindy Smith (vocals); Shane Theriot (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); David Davidson , David Angell (violin); Jim Grosjean (viola); John Catchings (cello); Jano Rix (Wurlitzer organ, mini-Moog synthesizer, glockenspiel, drums, percussion, background vocals); Neal Cappellino (Mellotron, chimes); Jason Eskridge (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Neal Cappellino.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios D, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Dave Barnes; Henry Diltz; Matt Mangano; Neal Cappellino; Gabe Dixon; Jano Rix.
The Gabe Dixon Band have long been considered a staple of the college rock scene, but there's a definite lack of beer-slamming anthems on this album, which reintroduces the group as a slimmed-down trio with an improved focus on songwriting. It's often difficult for a frat rock band to leave the campus behind; O.A.R.'s All Sides, for example, saw the group struggling to transform their reggae-influenced jams into smooth, uplifting rock. Gabe Dixon goes about his conversion in a smarter manner, emphasizing his bouncing piano chords and pop-schooled melodies in a way that's both mature and commercial. Ben Folds Five are still a touchstone for the group, although Dixon's lyrics detail the ups and downs of love without the humor and cultural references that fuel Folds' work. Fans of David Gray, the Fray, and other smooth-voiced craftsmen will find much to enjoy about this self-titled effort, particularly during such highlights as "Disappear," "Far from Home," and the Wurlitzer-fueled "Find My Way." Too loud for the coffeehouse and too soft for modern rock radio, the Gabe Dixon Band nevertheless sound quite comfortable occupying their own niche. ~ Andrew Leahey